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Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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I love this book. I want to shout it from the mountaintop. --Oprah Winfrey
Angry, brave, sad, self-knowing, redemptive, raw, compelling, and brilliantly written... It is destined to be loved by a lot of people, men and women, for a very long time --Nick Hornby, The Believer
Epic and moving --Sunday Times
Funny and fierce --Independent on Sunday
Amazing and inspiring --Nicole Kidman
Extraordinary... Truly wild: dirty, beautiful, serene --Sunday Telegraph
It's not very manly, the topic of weeping while reading... Wild pretty much obliterated me --Scotsman
A deeply honest memoir about mother and daughter, solitude and courage, and regaining footing, one step at a time. --Vogue
About the Author
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Torch, the huge New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild and the collection of essays Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who's Been There. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Allure and The Rumpus. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Wild, is a poignant, gritty and ultimately uplifting memoir from American, Cheryl Strayed. The book has been written by Cheryl herself with the aid of her notes from the hike and the memories to which she holds dear. I loved this book, it is a real warts and all account. She does not try and hide the complete and utter devastation she suffered or caused. She in no way tries to glamourise or legitimise anything that was done to her or she did to others and this made me have a lot of respect for this author.
The book, I felt, has been written with real clarity from a hindsight perspective, which for the sake of the memoir is a good thing. She has picked out and sewn together a brilliant, flowing and logical account of what happened, both within her life prior to, and on the actual months of hiking the PCT.
I relished meeting the colourful (and not so colourful) characters on her journey, the vivid (but not boring) descriptions of her landscapes and the equally amazing and dire conditions she found herself experiencing on this, her journey of a life time. Often I found myself desperate to read on just to know she made it to her next postal point so she could collect her next box of supplies.
This is a book about not quitting. About not listening to those who think you can't do something. It's about the amazing things our bodies and minds can be pushed to do, when we think it would never be possible in a million years. Would I want to do the things Cheryl did in order to get to this point in her life where she needed such clarity? Never. But will I ever think I can't do that again? Not so much.
I read it around the time the movie came out, but I wanted to read the ebook first, so I purchased it on my kindle. I just couldn't put it down.
I sort of knew the story already, but I was really drawn into Cheryl's events, and I felt as if I was there with her whilst she hiked.
I lived in Oregon for a little bit so when I got to the bit where she's in Portland I felt as if I had gotten back in time too, and I was back in Portland as well.
Would definitely recommend. I suggested this book to my brother as well,and he loved it too. So don't be put off, if you may think this is a book just for women.
unputdownable, and left me with intense admiration for the strength of will that pushed her on day after day. Highly recommended.
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Like her journey I didn't want it to end.